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JFK MILESTONES MARKED THIS WEEK
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The National Park Service is marking two John F. Kennedy milestones this week.
Tomorrow, events are planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site at JFK’s boyhood home in Brookline.
That same day would have been the slain president’s 102nd birthday.
Organizers say a special commemoration will be held starting at 10 a.m. with the theme, “What JFK means to me.” At 2 p.m., presidential biographers Fredrik Logevall, David Nasaw and Barbara Perry will participate in a panel discussion examining the legacy of the nation’s 35th president.
The park service leads tours of the house where the Kennedy family began its rise to national prominence.
Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
PRIVATE MEXICO WALL BUILDING
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A leader with the group raising funds to build a southern border wall on its own says they erected less than a mile of wall on private land in New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend.
Dustin Stockton, co-founder of the nonprofit WeBuildtheWall Inc., told The Associated Press yesterday that they spent about 10 days moving dirt before starting construction Friday. He says the wall segment in Sunland Park is “mostly up” and should be completed by the end of the week.
Stockton, whose group has raised about $22 million, says they don’t have a final tally yet on the cost, but he expects it’ll be somewhere between $6 and $10 million. He says the site’s steep incline added to the cost.
The government’s cost for the new walls it plans to build is about $22 million a mile.
WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but new research finds a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart.
Longtime smokers sometimes switch to e-cigarettes in hopes of avoiding the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke. But cigarette smoking also is a leading cause of heart attacks
There’s little known about risks from chemicals inhaled in e-cigarettes’ vapor, something especially important to learn as more teens take up vaping.
In a study published yesterday, Stanford University researchers write about how they used lab dishes to grow cells that normally line healthy blood vessels. Exposing the cells to flavorings from e-cigarettes or blood from people who’d just vaped triggered blood vessel dysfunction that can increase the risk of heart disease.
This kind of small study can’t prove harm; more research is needed.
LONGTIME MASS. PRIEST SUSPENDED AFTER ALLEGATION OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH TEEN BOY
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts says a longtime priest has been suspended amid an allegation of sexual misconduct.
The Herald News reports that Fall River Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha said in an email Sunday that Fr. Bruce Neylon, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, was removed from active ministry.
Da Cunha said an individual claimed Neylon had sexual contact with him on numerous occasions in the early 1980s, when the victim was aged 14 or 15. He said the victim was not a member of the parish to which Neylon was assigned at the time and the alleged abuse did not occur on church property.
Neylon has denied the allegation.
Da Cunha called the allegation “credible” and said the case was referred to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.
AUTHORITIES SAY JEWISH TEENS SAVE DROWNING MAN SPORTING SWASTIKA
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a group of Jewish teens played a key role in saving the life of a drowning man with a tattoo of a swastika.
NBC Boston reports it happened Thursday night as the four youths — all students at an Orthodox Jewish high school in suburban Brookline — spotted the body of a man partially submerged in Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Boston College police officer Carl Mascioli says two of the teens ran to his patrol car to alert him. Mascioli says he rushed down the embankment, pulled the man from the water and noticed the Nazi symbol tattooed on his hand.
He says the unidentified students told him they don’t regret helping the man despite his anti-Semitic tattoo.
Officials say the man is expected to make a full recovery.
BILL BUCKNER DIES
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69.
Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died yesterday after a long battle with dementia.
Buckner won an NL batting title, was an All-Star and got 2,715 hits in a 22-year career.
But it was a little groundball in the 1986 World Series that forever changed his legacy.
Trying for their first crown since 1918, the Boston Red Sox led the New York Mets 5-3 going into the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 at Shea Stadium. The Mets tied it with two outs, then Mookie Wilson hit a slow grounder up the first base that rolled through Buckner’s legs, an error that let Ray Knight rush home from second base with the winning run.
The Red Sox lost 8-5 in Game 7, and their World Series drought continued until they won the championship in 2004.